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Undiscovered Argentina: Hidden Patagonia

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10 Days From £4,815

Overview

Remote and dramatic, the breathtaking setting of Argentine Patagonia provides a dramatic backdrop to this exceptional trekking adventure. Blessed with some of the most spectacular natural beauty anywhere in the Americas, this wild and irresistible landscape is filled with immense glaciers, turquoise lakes and some of the most powerful mountain vistas on earth.

Following a brief stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s dynamic and exciting capital, your journey takes you on to the town ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get up close to the magnificent Pertio Moreno glacier via boat
  • Trek amongst the spectacular landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park
  • Drive along part of the lengendary Ruta 40, Argentina’s very own Route 66
  • Hike around the stunning Lake Belgrano peninsula in the Perito Moreno National Park
  • Take in breathtaking views from the summit of Monte Leon
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch with impressive views of Mount Fitzroy

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

DAY 1: ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, your private guide and driver will be waiting to meet and greet you before taking you to settle into your hotel in the trendy Palermo district. You can then take things easy for the rest of the day, giving you the chance to rest after the long arrival flight and before the active itinerary ahead.

Mine Hotel Boutique

DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES - EL CHALTEN

DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES - EL CHALTEN

Leaving the bustle of Buenos Aires behind, fly down to El Calafate this morning in the heart of Argentine Patagonia. On arrival, your private, local guide will then be waiting to transfer you to the town of El Chaltén, the undisputed national capital for trekking. Nestled within the spectacular embrace of Los Glaciares National Park, the drive circumnavigates the glittering glacier lakes of Argentino and Viedma, taking around 3.5 hours to reach Argentina's youngest town. After a chance to freshen up you'll enjoy dinner later at the house of famed Danish pioneer, Andreas Madsen.

Hosteria Senderos
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: EL CHALTEN

DAY 3: EL CHALTEN

Waking refreshed this morning the adventure begins with a full day's hike up to the giant geographical fault of Pliegue Tumbado. A relatively gentle introduction to your Patagonian trekking adventure, the trail leads up through the park's World Heritage landscapes, decorated with ancient fossils and some breathtaking 360-degree views across the rugged granite peaks and dazzling glaciers of the vast South Patagonian Ice Field. Returning via the same route, this evening has been left free to explore the town at your own pace.(20km/800m alt gain/approx. 7 hours)

Hosteria Senderos
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: EL CHALTEN

DAY 4: EL CHALTEN

A short drive this morning is followed by a gentle walk up through the forest towards the beautiful lake of Laguna de los Tres. Today's hike has it all; glacial valleys, endemic forests, lagoons and bewitching glaciers. The final 400-metre stretch is challenging, but the magnificent views of Mount Fitzroy, Aguja Poincenot and Cerro Torre more than make up for it. After an unbelievably scenic lunch stop, the trail back down then takes you past the crystalline waters of Laguna Capri, before the final descent down to El Chaltén.
(22km/800m alt gain/approx. 8/9 hours)

Hosteria Senderos
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: EL CHALTEN - PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: EL CHALTEN - PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

Beginning early this morning, the long, but ultimately spectacular, drive to Perito Moreno National Park takes you deep into the heart of some of Patagonia's wildest landscapes. The journey takes you along part of Argentina's legendary Ruta 40 and through towns that still feel a part of an undiscovered country. There will be a stop for lunch at rural spot along the way and the last section of the journey follows a gravel road into the park and on to the old sheep ranch that will be your home for the next three nights.

Estancia La Oriental
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 6: PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

Founded nearly a century ago, the Perito Moreno National Park is home to the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Colorada. Wild and remote, these towering mountains stand sentry over some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the Americas. Today you will hike around the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Belgrano which, set against the backdrop of some of the highest mountains in the area, is one of the most spectacular treks in the park. 
(16km/200m alt gain/approx. 6/7 hours)

Estancia La Oriental
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 7: PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

The plan today is to hike to the summit of Monte Leon to enjoy some truly spectacular panoramas across the Patagonian peaks and Lake Belgrano. Beginning at the trailhead next to your estancia, the path leads up past towering cliffs that are home to the mighty condor, one of the largest birds on the planet. It should take around four hours to reach the top, from where the views stretch out towards the snow-capped Andes and the Belgrano peninsula. Return to the ranch the same way. (B,L,D)
(10km/600m alt gain/approx. 5/6 hours)

Estancia La Oriental
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK - EL CALAFATE

DAY 8: PERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK - EL CALAFATE

Following breakfast you set out on the road once more, heading back towards El Calafate and the outside world. Stopping en route to break the long journey, you'll visit the site of some indigenous cave paintings close to Tres Lagos and enjoy a coffee break at an old inn at La Leona. The inn is built close to the site where, allegedly, Perito Moreno fought a puma by hand, and survived! You should arrive in El Calafate in time to relax and freshen up before a final Patagonian dinner this evening.

Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: EL CALAFATE

DAY 9: EL CALAFATE

A trip to Patagonia would not be complete without visiting this immense glacier, one of Argentina’s most famous landmarks. After breakfast you will be picked up and taken out towards the Patagonian Andes, where Perito Moreno, amongst other glaciers, is located. Spanning 250 square kilometres and soaring out of the lake at over 60 metres, you’ll understand why this is glacier has become a symbol of Patagonia. Viewing the glacier from both the water and the walkways surrounding it, allows you to observe the natural wonder from all angles, hopefully catching the unforgettable moment a gigantic slab of ice calves from the glacier falling into the water below. For those interested, it is possible to trek on the glacier itself for around an hour and a half. You will then return to El Calafate, with a stop at the Glaciarium Interpretation Centre if you wish. Please note that the trek on Perito Moreno Glacier is not included and should be arranged at the time of booking.

Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 10: EL CALAFATE - DEPART BUENOS AIRES

DAY 10: EL CALAFATE - DEPART BUENOS AIRES

This morning you will head back to the airport to catch your short flight to Buenos Aires where you will have a private guide and driver at your disposal for a few hours. You can explore some of the capital’s highlights and perhaps get a bite to eat in a fine steakhouse before returning back to the international airport for your evening flight back home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

UNDISCOVERED ARGENTINA: HIDDEN PATAGONIA (10 DAYS) £4,815

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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